Become a Foster Caretaker!
How to Adopt a Dog from GSRSV/Adoption
What's New on the GSRSV Website?
Dogs Available for Adoption through GSRSV
Dogs Available for Adoption from Other
Area Rescue Groups and Individuals
Dogs Available for Adoption through Owner Placement
How to Place a Dog through GSRSV
GSRSV Picture/Story Scrapbook
Is a German Shepherd the Right Breed for You?
Other German Shepherd Rescue Web Sites &
GSRSV's 2015 Rescue Record
GSRSV's 2014 Rescue Record
GSRSV's 2013 Rescue
GSRSV's 2012 Rescue
GSRSV's 2011 Rescue
GSRSV'S 2010 Rescue
GSRSV'S 2009 Rescue
GSRSV's 2008 Rescue
GSRSV's 2007 Rescue Record
GSRSV's 2006 Rescue Record
GSRSV's 2005 Rescue Record
GSRSV's 2004 Rescue Record
GSRSV's 2003 Rescue Record
GSRSV's 2002 Rescue Record
GSRSV's 2001 Rescue Record
GSRSV's 2000 Rescue Record
German Shepherd Rescue of Sacramento Valley (GSRSV) is a tax-exempt
(501-c-3) charitable organization dedicated to finding good homes for
German Shepherds and German Shepherd mixes whose caregivers can no longer
keep them or which are confined in animal shelters. Established in 2001,
GSRSV is operated primarily by one person, Brian Foran. I am presently
focused on placing dogs whose caregivers can no longer keep them. A
"full house" of dogs at my rescue facility, and lack of foster
caretakers limits my ability to rescue from shelters. If you're interested
in becoming a foster
caretaker, please contact Brian Foran at 916-655-3125 or
If you are looking for a wider selection of
purebred German Shepherds in Northern California, please visit the Websites of Bay
Area German Shepherd Rescue, El
Dorado County German Shepherd Rescue, German
Shepherd Rescue of Northern California, Golden
State German Shepherd Rescue, Greater
California German Shepherd Rescue, and Second
Chance German Shepherd Rescue.
How to find a dog to adopt from this Website:
- Click on the four selections in large font in the menu to the left, starting with
"Dogs Available for Adoption through
- If you're interested in adopting a dog available through
GSRSV, read the page
"How to Adopt a Dog from GSRSV." That page describes my adoption process, and includes my adoption questionnaire and adoption contract. Please hold off on filling out the adoption questionnaire until after the next
- If you're interested in adopting a GSRSV dog, contact Brian Foran at 916-655-3125 or
firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about the dog. If the dog seems like a good match for you, I (Brian) will ask you to fill out and submit the GSRSV adoption questionnaire.
- If you're interested in adopting a dog from another rescue group, an owner, or a shelter, contact the person or shelter listed for that dog.
Female GSDs Available for Adoption at Sac County Shelter
of 4-24-15, there were two 4-yo female GSDs available for adoption at
the Sac County shelter on Bradshaw near Hwy 50. The dog at top left (ID
# A656485) has been at the shelter since April 12. The dog at bottom
left (ID #A656756) has been at the shelter since April 17.
do not have any personality info about either of these dogs, but just
the fact that they passed the Sac County shelter's tough adoption
evaluation indicates that both dogs have very nice temperaments.
adoption fee for both of these dogs is $147, which includes their spay
here for information about the Sac County shelter's adoption process.
Sac County Shelter's phone number is 916-368-7387. Call before going to
the shelter for hours and to make sure that the dog you're going to see
is still there.
Appeal: 1-2 Yo Neutered Male GSD/Malamute Mix at Animal Rescue
Foundation, Walnut Creek
Ton" is a friendly, energetic 1-2 yo neutered male GSD/Malamute mix
available for adoption from the Animal
Rescue Foundation in Walnut Creek. (ARF lists Won Ton as a Malamute
mix w/ no mention of GSD, but it's clear to me that his dominant breed
is GSD.) Here are some notes about Won Ton from a shelter staff member:
"(Won Ton) loves everyone he meets and is a big cuddlebug. He is a big boy
(81 lbs) who can get mouthy when excited, and he isn't always gentle- he has caused bruising at times.
He also is not overly fond of other dogs, based on introductions done at the shelter (he initiated some scuffles with other dogs, though no damage was done). So a home where he can be an only
dog and get lots of outdoor exercise would be ideal for him. According to his foster mom, he was
calm and affectionate in the house, and slept well in his crate."
(Won Ton is no longer in a foster home--perhaps due to his excessive
took Won Ton in from the Oakland Animal Shelter. Won
Ton is apparently not doing well in the shelter environment, which is
why an adoption/rescue appeal was sent out to the rescue
you're interested in adopting Won Ton, please contact ARF at
925-256-1273 or Amanda at email@example.com.
Won Ton's adoption fee is $225.
on Feb 1. 2009
living, loving tribute to Shadow--the miracle dog.
on April 18, 2015
2015, several people gathered in West Sacramento to celebrate the 14th
birthday of "Shadow",
a GSD/Belgian Sheepdog with an amazing story.
Shadow was one of five puppies born in the Sacramento City Shelter
around April 12, 2001, to a female German Shepherd
named Zelda. (See "The
Friendship Circle of Zelda and Her Pups.")
is the sole surviving member of Zelda's litter. (Zelda, too, has passed
on.) It is rare that a German Shepherd or GSD mix lives to be 14, let
alone to be in is as good
as Shadow is. What makes Shadow's longevity miraculous is that she
developed bone cancer in 2008 and had to have her right rear leg
amputated! The survival rate for the kind of cancer that Shadow
developed is very low. Shadow not only survived, but thrived! She still
went for long walks, jousted with her sister Newt (on left in picture at
right), and even climbed the stairs to the second floor of Sharon &
Peter Davies' West Sacramento house up until last year.
resiliency is testimony to her spirit and zest for life. There's no
doubt, though, that Sharon & Peter's unfaltering commitment, care
and love have been key to Shadow surviving her bout with cancer and
living to see her 14th birthday.
14th Birthday, Shadow!
From Sharon & Peter Davies--adopters of Shadow's sisters Newt and
her mother Zelda; Lori & Gil Topete, adopters of Shadow's sister
Bernadette; Carol & Kevin Magee, adopters of Shadow's brother
Ranger; and Brian Foran, rescuer of Zelda and her pups.
Web Design Assistance
you are an experienced Website designer and can spare some of your time,
I'd like you to help me make some minor improvements to the GSRSV
Website. I DON'T want to overhaul the Website, and don't want to change
the Web publisher, which I know is archaic (Microsoft Front Page 2000).
I just want to add some clever and practical touches to the site, and
have been unable to figure out how to make those additions on my own.
contact Brian at either firstname.lastname@example.org
is a tax-exempt public charity, as defined under Section 501(c)(3)
of the Internal Revenue Code. All donations to GSRSV are tax
deductible to the full extent of the law.
February 2001, Brian Foran has funded GSRSV primarily on his own.
Brian runs a large rescue facility by himself
(pictured at left), and typically has more than 25 dogs to feed and
care for! Many of these dogs are either too old for adoption or have
been returned to GSRSV more than once--and thus are allowed to live
their lives out at the rescue facility. Never has Brian returned a
dog he has rescued to a shelter--NEVER!
played--and continue to play--a huge part in keeping GSRSV afloat,
as adoption fees are a drop-in-the-bucket compared with the costs of
running a large rescue program. (See
the actual numbers for 2007-2011 here.)
consider making a tax-deductible donation to GSRSV today,
either by clicking on the PayPal button below,
by mailing a check, made out to GSRSV, to:
GSRSV, PO Box 652, Pleasant Grove, CA 95668.
of 1-5-15, you can add a message to GSRSV in the PayPal payment
window. Just click "Add special instructions to the
seller" and a text box will open.
size donation is appreciated. Please help in any way you can!
Don't just take your dog for a walk.....take your walk for a dog! Go to WoofTrax.com, download the
app to your smartphone, and support GSRSV every time you walk your
dog! The more miles you walk, the more WoofTrax donates to GSRSV!
can also contribute financially to GSRSV without spending an
additional cent by shopping at AmazonSmile,
Amazon.com's charitable donation program. See below.
at Amazon Smile
and Amazon will make a donation to:
German Shepherd Rescue of
ABOUT FOSTERING DOGS
dog a sacrifice? NO!
It is a pleasure!
rewards of knowing that you've saved the life of a sweet, beautiful
German Shepherd dog (or any other breed), and made that dog feel loved, are MUCH greater
than whatever inconvenience the dog may cause or the pain of letting
him or her go to a new home.
you, the German Shepherd-loving
community, will not extend a helping
hand to the numerous German Shepherds housed in area shelters and
facing euthanasia, WHO WILL?
consider fostering a German Shepherd for GSRSV! See the page Save
a German Shepherd's Life: Become a Foster Caretaker.
You Consider Adopting a Dog from a Rescue Group (including GSRSV),
Please Consider Adopting One from a Shelter!
there are certain advantages to adopting a dog from a rescue group,
those dogs are safe. Those in shelters are at high risk of
euthanasia! If you don't already know, you'd be horrified to learn
about the number of beautiful German Shepherds that are
euthanized every week in Northern California shelters.
Think you can't find a purebred German
Shepherd at a shelter? THINK AGAIN!!
have found the best Website to
search for a GSD in a shelter near you is Petharbor.com.
This Website allows you to specify breed as well as to select the
shelters from which you'd like to search for a GSD to adopt. You can
also request to receive automatic e-mail notifications when the
shelters that you specified have GSDs available for adoption.
Remember that Most Dogs with Rescue Groups Come from Shelters
GSRSV Picture/Story Scrapbook!
me your favorite photo and/or story of the dog(s) you adopted from
GSRSV, and I will post them on the GSRSV Picture/Story Scrapbook
page. Mail pictures/stories to Brian Foran at email@example.com.
Rescued Dogs Make Wonderful Companions!
that an older dog will not make a good family companion because it's
too set in its ways?" Think
Older dogs, more so than younger dogs, live to please their caretakers.
Furthermore, hip dysplasia in older German Shepherds is much less of
a problem than commonly believed, and general arthritis is readily treatable
with coated aspirin (yes, ASPIRIN) and glucosamine/chondroitin supplements. For an excellent information resource on older
dogs, see the Senior Dogs Project
Website, and their"Top
Ten Reasons to Adopt an Older Dog."
of those who have adopted older dogs from GSRSV
Warner adopted Krista from the Sac County shelter, with GSRSV's
assistance, on 7-1-10. Here's what Bob had to say about Krista in
has become a wonderful friend--so gentle and friendly that everyone
enjoys her. She is an excellent example of why adopters should
consider older dogs."
you have or plan to adopt a GSD, you NEED to know about
"bloat!" Please read the info below.
dilation/volvulus, more commonly known as "bloat", is an
all-too- frequent, fatal event for German Shepherds. Basically,
gastric dilation refers to a condition in which the dog's stomach
fills up with air due to various circumstances. The dog's abdomen
becomes visibly "bloated", and causes great discomfort. If the
bloat persists, often what happens next is volvulus--the stomach
literally rotates on its intestinal axis, shutting off the blood
supply both to and from the stomach. At this stage, the dog usually
has only hours to live, and the condition must be treated
sooner the dog is treated, the better its chance for survival and
how to avoid bloat in your dog, and how to recognize the symptoms.
on this link to open a very informative Webpage about bloat. I
recommend printing the article and placing it where you can
immediately access it if you suspect that your dog is experiencing
bloat. Click on this link for a
printable MS Word version of the article.
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reasonably priced nutritional supplements for dogs, horses and humans. I have regularly
given a few of Springtime's supplements to the GSRSV dogs for years, and
enthusiastically endorse these products--particularly "Joint
Health"--a glucosamine/chondroitin/MSM supplement, and "Bug-Off
Garlic"--a natural flea preventative that REALLY WORKS! Please visit Springtime's
Website, and if you place an order with them as a result of this referral,
please mention that you learned of their company through GSRSV. I do not receive any
commisions--I just want the people at
Springtime to know that I'm sharing the word on their products, as they do
give me a discount on the products that I order.
Questions regarding German Shepherd
Rescue of Sacramento Valley or this Website should be directed to Brian
916-655-3125, firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can write
PO Box 652
Pleasant Grove, CA 95668
Thanks also to
for hosting respective GSRSV homepages with a list of our dogs on their
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modified: Friday April 24, 2015